ScanReach’s Wireless Node Technology Used to Monitor Animal Welfare Onboard Ships – Digital Ship


Norwegian tech start-up ScanReach recently participated in a trial conducted by research organization LiveCorp to improve animal welfare in the livestock export industry.

ScanReach’s wireless technology is used on board ships to help transmit data through steel structures. During this particular project, ScanReach equipment was installed on a cattle export vessel in Singapore and tested first without cattle on a trip to Darwin, then with cattle on a trip to Darwin. South East Asia. It uses a series of ‘nodes’ to automatically collect and transfer data from sensors throughout the vessel and transmit it to a central computer on deck, in real time, via the low power consumption mesh radio technology built into the vessel. Bluetooth.

LiveCorp President and CEO Wayne Collier says improving connectivity has been identified as a key driver of the industry’s continued digital transformation.

“The industry, the regulator and the community are all interested in automated, independent monitoring of things like temperature and humidity on livestock export vessels, with several technologies available or in development,” Collier said.

“The ability to aggregate the data and review it in real time allows you to set up alerts when certain conditions – like rising temperatures – are met, so the situation can be managed before it becomes a problem.

“Some shipowners and exporters use automated recorders to collect information such as temperature and humidity. However, someone currently has to go around each platform to get a signal strong enough to download the data to a portable device.

Collier said the data was successfully made available to the ship’s captain and, where satellite connectivity permitted, also uploaded simultaneously to the “cloud” for review by the shore-based project team. The transmission of data to the cloud from a ship at sea remains a real challenge to be resolved, in order to move forward.

“This trial has shown that the technology is increasingly enabling new approaches to monitoring within the industry and increasing transparency about what is happening on ships.”

ScanReach CEO Arild Sæle said conducting a successful trial halfway around the world during a pandemic was inspiring.

“Our Connect solutions have been proven in other markets, but livestock transport is new to us,” said Sæle.

“Our goal of improving safety, durability and improved performance through on-board wireless connectivity for the marine industry fits the industry perfectly, and we are truly grateful to have been a part of this trial. “

ScanReach’s solution was one of 100 technologies explored for the project. Three were shortlisted but due to COVID LiveCorp was only able to test one.

The project was funded by a grant from the Australian government.

The final report can be viewed here.


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